24 Hour Drinks Sales in Askew Road Refused
Residents celebrate as licence application is turned down
Shepherd's Bush residents, led by the Cathnor Park Area Action Group, are celebrating after an application for a 24 hour drinks licence in Askew Road was thrown out by Hammersmith and Fulham Council.
The groups had urged local people to attend a meeting of the council's licensing sub-committee on Monday, January 17 to make their views known about the application, which was made by the NISA store in Askew Road.
Cathnor Park Area Action Group were concerned that there would be an increase in anti-social behaviour in the area if the application was granted by the committee.
Their protests were also supported by a statement from PC Calvin Chow of Askew Safer Neighbourhoods Team.
He says: " Street drinkers posed such a nuisance to public that Hammersmith and Fulham council decided to impose an alcohol exclusion zone throughout the entire borough from November 2006, deterring people from drinking in the public areas.
" This is increasingly difficult and time consuming to enforce as we are finding off-licences selling alcohol during late hours till early mornings. Many public order offences that occur between the hours of midnight till mornings are often alcohol related."
You can read PC Chow's entire statement on Hammersmith and Fulham council's website.
The decision to throw out the application means the NISA store's opening hours will remain the same as before, from 8am till 11am from Monday to Saturday and from 10am till 10.30pm on Sundays.
January 18, 2011